Head of Scouting, Academy & Professional Development

  • Philadelphia Union
  • Chester, PA, USA
  • 06 Feb, 2024
Full time Academy Leadership & Management Scout / Analyst Youth

Job Description

The Philadelphia Union operates and competes in Major League Soccer, the top professional league in the United States. Youth development is the core of our mission and the heart of our passion. The Philadelphia Union Academy program is free of charge so Philadelphia’s future players of promise have an opportunity to pursue their passions without the burden of paying to play. Selection into the program is a true accomplishment and the major step in a player’s path to Subaru Park.
The innovative Philadelphia Union Academy program is deeply based in sport science and performance and follows best practices in coaching education. It includes three developmental phases: Junior Academy (U9 - U12), Mid Academy (U13 - U14), Senior Academy (U15 - U17 – Union Development Squad) and targeted scouting as needed as it relates to Philadelphia Union II (NCAA, MLS Next Pro, USL). At all ages, our players are asked to lead by example and embrace the ethos and culture of Philadelphia Union.
The Philadelphia Union Academy was established after studying the models of the most innovative and successful soccer clubs worldwide, Philadelphia Union set about implementing a holistic developmental platform integrating world-class player training and sport science for the youth soccer players of the Greater Philadelphia region.
The Philadelphia Union Academy is the renowned soccer platform providing an opportunity for the youngest players to develop a passion for the game, or for an elite academy player on the cusp of professional stardom to pursue excellence, all in the same enriching and nurturing environment. Philadelphia Union Academy has one of the most qualified and skilled staffs in North America, featuring sport science and athletic development training as important resources. The program is overseen by UEFA Pro Licensed Academy Director Tommy Wilson. The Philadelphia Union Academy is based out of YSC Sports in Wayne, PA, and features an innovative, first-of-its-kind soccer specific independent school partner, YSC Academy.

The Head of Scouting, Academy & Professional Development will be responsible in assisting the Academy Director, effective administration and technical execution of Philadelphia Union Academy’s day-to-day scouting & recruitment needs, including but not limited to overseeing coordination efforts of the Academy’s scouting & recruitment network, strategy, processes, procedures, residency program, assisting in the Union’s residency program along. The position will also include (as needed and when appropriate) targeted scouting as needed as it relates to Philadelphia Union II and the relevant platforms in the domestic landscape (NCAA, MLS Next Pro, USL, etc.) The position will be an integral part of the Philadelphia Union’s professional scouting department and will be fully integrated in the club’s professional pathway’s scouting & recruitment process. Will focus to manage and oversee the scouting and recruitment process of the local, regional, and national domestic market as it relates to high potential players that may potentially fit in the Philadelphia Union Academy development model.

The Head of Scouting, Academy & Professional Development will operate and utilize the same observation, analysis, and reporting structure as the rest of the professional pathway in the Philadelphia Union organization.

  • Manage the day-to-day scouting & recruitment operations of Union’s Academy to ensure the best talent in the designated Union catchment area is tracked and monitored.
  • Supervise, conduct, and improve the general scouting system and scouting assignments to ensure an efficient and consistent scouting process is followed.
  • Ensure that the Academy’s scouting database is constantly expanded and kept up to date.
  • Manages and maintains the communication and structure of the Union Academy’s Scouting Network. 
  •  Manages and maintains relationships with club, agents, and key influencers in the domestic youth soccer landscape.
  • Organizes meetings and scout calls as it relates to the Union Academy.
  • Attends weekly and monthly meetings with the remainder of the Philadelphia Union Professional Scouting Department that competes in Major League Soccer.
  • Scouts both live and through film both domestic and international games as needed and assigned by the Philadelphia Union Director of Scouting. 
  • Has a strong reference point for player comparisons both internally and externally.
  • Has ongoing discussions, especially with Philadelphia Union Director of Academy & Professional Development, Director of Scouting and the relevant staff at the Academy, Union II, and MLS First Team environments. 
  • Oversees Philadelphia Union Academy scouting & recruitment strategy and philosophy in the evolving youth soccer landscape.
  • Manages and improves Philadelphia Union’s Academy Recruitment and Talent ID Document.
  • Analyze games and players for the Philadelphia Union First Team or Clubs professional Reserve Team (Union II) based on specific criteria set by Director of Scouting.
  • Liaise with all relevant staff, where appropriate, to ensure that information, relevant to duties, is communicated effectively.
  • Assist in coordination efforts as needed w/ the club’s Residency Program.
  • Manage organization for trialist and recruitment visits and communicate as needed with YSC Academy Head of School & appropriate staff.
  • Communicate on a regularly basis with the Club’s scouting network to be aware of all the knowledge, opportunities and new innovations in the designated area.
  • Respond at short notice to requests from Club’s leadership.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • At least two years of experience as a scout within the soccer industry, preferably professional levels.
  • Extensive knowledge of the local, regional, and national soccer teams and associations
  • Coaching or Scouting Qualifications
  • A strong network of contacts both based domestically and internationally
  • Able to work with scouting database and video analyzation software
  • Ability to thrive in a demanding environment while multitasking projects across various stakeholders; be a team player.
  • Must be able to work weekends or holidays as directed
  • Experience in or knowledge of soccer industry preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Strong organizational, communicative and leadership skills with regard to the methodology and values of the Union’s Scouting Department

If selected for a position with the Philadelphia Union the individual will be required to provide the following clearances:
  • Child Abuse History clearance
  • PA State Police Criminal Records Check
  • DHS Fingerprints
  • Annual SafeSport Certification 

  • Comprehensive benefits package including three medical options, vision, and dental coverage, including flexible spending & health savings accounts.
  • Pre-tax and Roth 401k (up to 4% is matched, after 90 days of service).
  • Company-paid life insurance and disability.
  • Paid medical and bonding leave.
  • Wellness reimbursements through Independence Blue Cross
  • 50% merchandise discount.
  • Other league and partner discounts.
  • Complimentary or discounted tickets.
  • 24/7 Fitness Center and Sportsplex.
  • On-site Café with grab-and-go options, salad bar, and grill!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.